Ingenuity in Action (Part I)
This informative film made for hot rod fans explains the process involved in preparing and entering a car show, but at times comes across as an ethnographic account of the "nomadic tribe of hotrodders".
Aerial shot of Detroit out of jet window, with airplane wing
Many shots of hot rod auto shows, crowds, and races
Full parking lot aerial shots (shaky)
Shots of racecar assembly, including welding on the frame and engine work
Shots of driving through the Southwest, with Mesas in the background.
A desert sunset.
Men pushing a racecar on the ramp of a semi-truck.
A group of men shaking hands and rubbing the top of each others' heads.
Shot on the rear of a racecar with smoke shooting out as it takes off.
Scenes of cars racing.
Woman shooting with 8mm movie camera.
An outdoor pool with men jumping off the diving board.
Trucks with trailers going through the Turner Turnpike toll booth.
A woman standing on the back flap of a vehicle in sunglasses, thongs and sombrero hat shoots 8mm movies
Men at a Coca-Cola stand
Shots from front of racing car of on-coming track
Close-up of sports announcer with microphone
Men accepting and holding trophies by cars
A woman in full length gown being aggressively kissed in a joking fashion -- she reacts with a crazy expression
Chuck Jones, racer from sidewinder crew in Long Beach, California
Wally Parks, president of NHRA
Ed Cole, general manager of Chevrolet
Robert Petersen, publisher of Hot Rod Magazine
Mr. Tex Colbert, president of Chrysler Corporation
Excellent hot rod footage. Also, very good scenes of trophies awarded to winners of drag race. Excellent color. This is probably one of the best films dealing with hotrods and dragracing.
Voice-over by a somewhat macho racecar driver and enthusiast: "Lefty and Tom are high priests in our temple, Lefty works in electronics, and Tom's a mechanic." They prepare for the national auto show in Detroit. They set out with their hot rod in tow, "The Martin Nelson Dragmaster" from Oceanside, California and drive through the Southwest. In Amarillo, Texas the guys stop at a barbecue eatery. Oklahoma had a regional meet. They go through St. Louis and cross the Mississippi on a bridge in foggy weather, leading to a drive down a stormy road in Illinois. They arrive at the meet and proceed through the races. The winner: Rod Singer of Houston, Texas who wins the largest trophy and "The Kiss" from a woman in a full length light blue gown. The enthusiasts will now return to their garages.
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"To hotrodders everywhere, and their great zeal for experimentation. A fact of Native American technology which is always a part of us. . . . This film is respectfully dedicated"
Subject: Great road footage
Subject: Nice footage
Subject: Fun Movie
Ingenuity in Action is set in September 1959, when drag racing was becoming a nationwide phenomenon We follow the team through an Oklahoma match and then onward to the main race.
The manual editing used to create this film must have been a nightmare, but the finished product certainly reflects all of that great attention to detail. A fun film if you haven't seen it yet, and don't forget that there are parts 1 and 2 to watch the whole film!
Subject: As exciting as watching a car drive in a straight line